CyberWarrior Academy (CWA)
What sets CyberWarrior Academy apart from other training programs?
CWA is a social enterprise and workforce development program providing cybersecurity training and career advancement services. The training is intensive, hands-on and delivered by practicing white-hat hackers. Our students graduate with 3 certifications (EC Council – Ethical Hacker, EC Council – Network Defender, and CyberWarrior Academy Certified), develop the technical competency to deliver immediate value to leading corporations, and learn how to constantly investigate new innovations.
What is the total investment?
Tuition is $16,500 USD for the entire program (full or part time) including instruction, courseware, certification exams, learning platform, and ilabs. Certifications ($2,500) and hands-on modules ($2,200) can be purchased separately.
Is cybersecurity experience a prerequisite for the training program?
No. While certain IT skills and/or experience are required for the CWA program, cybersecurity experience is not a prerequisite. Examples of the types of backgrounds we recruit from are: Technical Support, Network and Systems Administrators, Applications Support, Help Desk Analyst and Developers.
Do you have an online program?
Yes, the CWA Part-Time program is a live online training. Classes are led by a practicing penetration tester with over 10 years of international cybersecurity consulting experience. Lectures are not pre-recorded.
Who is an ideal candidate for the training program?
CWA caters to any and all IT professionals who are passionate about becoming cybersecurity experts and are willing to work hard – there is no one ideal candidate. Our most successful students are IT professionals with at least 2 years of experience who are interested in launching a career in Cybersecurity. Another very successful group is Cybersecurity professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge of: ethical hacking, network security, vulnerability management, security monitoring, automation, packet analysis, malware analysis, and/or incident response.
What are the outcomes of this training?
Training outcomes include the following:
- In-depth understanding of hacker mentality and technical threats
- In-depth understanding of defensive techniques in the cybersecurity space
- Hands-on experience implementing and using vulnerability management tools
- Hands-on experience implementing and configuring firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention systems.
- Hands-on experience implementing and configuring security monitoring tools.
- Hands-on experience performing raw packet analysis and network forensics.
- Hands-on experience performing malware analysis and incident response.
- Hands-on experience using python to perform automations in cybersecurity.
- Knowledge and practical experience applying critical thinking, communication and presentation skills in cybersecurity.
What is the admission process for the program?
The admission process starts with an online application found here. Qualified candidates will then be provided with a technical test to measure the IT knowledge of the participant in areas like computer networking, use of commands and troubleshooting on Windows and Linux Oss. Students can prepare for this test by reading books for CompTIA Network+ and A+ certifications. Prospective students who pass the technical test, will then take a cognitive exam that measures each student’s mental performance and learning capacity. Candidates can prepare for this test by having a good night of sleep and keep their minds sharp for the day of the test. Those who pass the cognitive exam will then have an in-person interview. After the interview, the admissions committee chooses the incoming CyberWarrior class and admitted students are notified via email. Students are recommended to have a solid understanding of IT technologies, network TCP/IP protocol stack, operative systems and system administration, to be capable of understanding the advanced concepts part of this training. Programming skills are not required.
Can I reapply in the future if declined?
Yes, we encourage participants to re-apply when they feel their IT knowledge and experience have increased.
Does CWA accept International Students?
Yes, we do. International students can participate by paying for the full training in advance.
What does a typical day look like?
The training was designed to be 40% lecture, 40% practical exercises, and 20% workshops and open discussion. Students are expected to invest at least 5 more hours outside class time reading the material, preparing for class and/or practicing on their own.
How did we develop the program?
The program consists of both Technical and Professional Development modules. The Technical program was developed by cybersecurity professionals with extensive field experience. They prioritized the knowledge and skills necessary to fill in-demand cybersecurity positions that align with the NICE Framework. The Professional Development program was developed by an industry-recognized business development coach with 20 years of experience in organizational performance. This program equips students with the social and professional tools they need to drive enterprise value in a corporate environment. The Professional Development program focuses on skills like emotional intelligence, personal brand, communication, executive presentations, and more. The CyberWarrior Program’s mission is two-fold: to ensure students have the knowledge to earn highly sought-after cybersecurity certifications and to graduate professionals with the technical expertise to solve real-world security threats.
I'm an employer, and I'm interested in hiring some Data Security Analysts. How do I get in touch with you?
CyberWarrior Academy has various models for engaging corporate sponsors and meeting their talent needs. If you’re interested in hiring our graduates, sending your staff to our trainings, or want to learn more, please contact our Executive Director Carol Roby at [email protected] 617.320.9283